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When is Channel 5 thriller The Drowning on TV?

Dark Money's Jill Halfpenny stars in Channel 5's Noel Clarke-produced thriller.

The Drowning
Channel 5
Published: Wednesday, 27th January 2021 at 5:47 pm

Jill Halfpenny and Rupert Penry-Jones star in Channel 5 thriller The Drowning, following a grieving mother who becomes convinced that her son (presumed dead for nine years) has mysteriously reappeared.


Still grief-stricken and now isolated from her family and ex-husband, she becomes obsessed with the teenage boy, Daniel, whom she believes to be her own, long lost son.

Read on for everything you need to know about The Drowning.

When is The Drowning on TV?

The Drowning airs Monday to Thursday at 9pm from February 1st 2021 on Channel 5.

The Drowning cast

The Drowning
The Drowning Channel 5

Produced by Bulletproof and Doctor Who star Noel Clarke, the cast includes Jill Halfpenny (Dark Money, EastEnders) as Jodie, a grieving mother, and Rupert Penry-Jones (Persuasion) as Mark, Daniel's father.

The Drowning cast also features: Jonas Armstrong, who plays Jodie's brother Jason; Deborah Findley as her mum Lynn; and Cody Molka as teenager Daniel. Jade Anouka and Babs Olusanmokun also star.

What is The Drowning about?

Jodie lost her young son, Tom, nine years ago during a lakeside family outing, when he went missing and was later presumed to have drowned in the lake.

Flash forward to present day, and Jodie is broke and single after her ex-husband left her for her former best friend. On her way to deliver an important pitch for her struggling business, she's distracted when she thinks she sees Tom, now a teenager.

Following him to school, she discovers that he has no memory of her, and now goes by the name of Daniel. Impulsively, she decides to masquerade as a school music teacher in order to get close to him - putting the fragile life she's built for herself at risk.

The Drowning trailer

You can get a first-look at The Drowning and a taste of what to expect by watching the moody teaser below.


The Drowning airs Monday to Thursday at 9pm from February 1st 2021 on Channel 5. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide.


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